To say that big storage vendors have their eye on the small business market would be an understatement. HP, EMC, Dell, NetApp and others all are aggressively and — based on the results of this year's Small Business Computing Excellence in Technology Awards — effectively selling to small and mid-sized businesses.
Today, HP broadened its storage offerings with the release of the StorageWorks 1200 All-in-One Storage System. The 1200 is a 2U device that supports up to 12 drives. It joins the All-in-One 400 and 600 in a family of storage products that HP says is designed to combine affordable pricing, integrated network attached storage (NAS), storage area network (SAN) and data protection functions under a single management interface.
|The StorageWorks All-in-One Storage System support up to 12 SATA or SAS drives.|
HP says the All-in-One line is designed specifically to allow you to store, share, manage and protect pools of application and data. According to HP, you can quickly become an expert in application and file data management, automating storage management tasks such as logical unit number provisioning, volume and capacity management and setting up RAID stripe sets and snapshots.
The HP All-in-One Storage Manager is designed to display storage use and data protection in a single framework that's intended to hide storage complexities. In fewer than 10 clicks, the company claims, you can set up shared storage for Exchange and begin serving files, expanding data areas, implementing disk and tape backup policies and creating end-user file shares.
HP also said that it has integrated HP StorageWorks Data Protector Express Software into Storage Manager to enable data backup and recovery from tape, virtual tape, optical or external disk on the network.
HP also announced today that its All-in-One Storage Manager will let you integrate and mix drive support across serial ATA (SATA) and serial attached SCSI (SAS) storage systems, and will include setup and migration wizard support for Microsoft Exchange 2007.
The All-in-One Storage Manager can also provision iSCSI storage for servers running both 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2003, according to HP, and will give administrators the flexibility to choose the drive type that meets the storage needs of individual applications.
The HP All-in-One runs Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 R2, a file and print server that's designed to provide improved manageability and capabilities to meet the needs of branch offices and SMBs.
The HP StorageWorks All-in-One 1200's 12 drive bays provide a capacity of 3 TB (SATA), 6TB (SATA), 9TB (SATA), 1.7 TB (SAS) or 3.6 TB (SAS) and is available for $8,759, $14,099, $15,899, $13,899 and $19,529, respectively, according to HP.
HP StorageWorks All-in-One 600 is available in either a rack or tower configuration with six drive bays (SATA or SAS) and raw capacity of 1.5 TB (SATA), 3 TB (SATA), or 876 GB (SAS) is available for $6,700, $9,000 and $9,250, respectively.
HP StorageWorks All-in-One 400 has four SATA drive bays and a raw capacity of 1 TB is available for $5,000.
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